Ascent of Mount Wilson on 2013-11-03

Climber: Jerry Thomas

Date:Sunday, November 3, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Wilson
    Elevation:7070 ft / 2154 m

Ascent Trip Report

Cleaver Crack is the classical route up Mount Wilson in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area near Las Vegas. The trail head is Oak Creek which is the last turn you can make before the end of the scenic loop in Red Rock Canyon. Unfortunately, you have to drive the entire scenic loop to get to the dirt road to the trail head. Take the signed dirt road and drive to a small parking area with a pit toilet. Start up Oak Creek and follow the GPS track. This hike should be attempted only by hikers with experience in class 4 and low class 5 climbing. I would not attempt this without someone who has done it before. The first class 4 obstacle is a dry waterfall. There was a rope to aid the ascent/descent. The next class 4 obstacle is a very narrow ledge that must be negotiated. Fortunately, you can simply scramble above this ledge to avoid it entirely. The next obstacle is low class 5 and is a steep wall with good holds along the way. The only tricky part is a traverse about halfway up the wall. We came down a different route to avoid this wall. See the GPS track. This was a very challenging route but probably one of the shortest to the summit of Mount Wilson. There are much easier ways up but they are also longer.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3380 ft / 1029 m
    Extra Gain:116 ft / 35 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Route:Cleaver Crack
    Trailhead:3922 ft / 1195 m
    Grade/Class:Class 5.2
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Pleasant, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 29 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jerry Thomas
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Note: GPS Tracks may not be accurate, and may not show the best route. Do not follow this route blindly. Conditions change frequently. Use of a GPS unit in the outdoors, even with a pre-loaded track, is no substitute for experience and good judgment. accepts NO responsibility or liability from use of this data.

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